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Presidential Race Undecided but Electoral Outcome Clearer

(Nov. 4, 2020 8 p.m.) The vote count continued and Biden picked up Wisconsin and Michigan bringing his total, according to the AP, to 264 electoral votes, 214 for Trump and five states not called (AK, GA, NV, NC and PA).  In a statement on Wednesday afternoon Biden did not declare victory but stated, "[A]fter a long night of counting, it is clear we are winning in enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency." "When the count is finished, I believe I will be the winner," Biden said.  The Trump campaign filed lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania and sought a recount in Wisconsin.  Trump himself made some wild pronouncements, tweeting for example, "We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won't allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead."  While Biden appears likely to win, it is also clear that Democrats failed to retake the Senate or make gains in the House.

Biden for President: Election Protection Briefing with Jen O'Malley Dillon and Bob Bauer
Biden for President
November 4, 2020

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Vice President Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware on the 2020 Election

My fellow Americans.

Yesterday, we once again proved that democracy is the heartbeat of our nation.

Just as it has been for more than two centuries.
Even in the face of a pandemic, more Americans voted in this election than ever before.

Over 150 million votes were cast.

That is just extraordinary.

If we had any doubts, we shouldn’t any longer:

Government of, by, and for the people is very much alive in the United States of America.

Here, the people rule.

Power can’t be taken or asserted.

It flows from the people.

It is their will that determines who will serve as the President of this great nation.

And their will alone.

And now, after a long night of counting, it is clear we are winning in enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

I am not here to declare that I have won.

I am here to report that when the count is finished, I believe I will be the winner.

With all the votes counted, we have won Wisconsin by 20,000 votes — virtually the same margin President Trump won the state by four years ago.

In Michigan, we lead by over 35 thousand votes and growing — a substantially bigger margin than President Trump won with in 2016. Michigan will complete its count soon.

I feel good about Pennsylvania. Virtually all the remaining ballots to be counted were cast by mail, and we are winning 78% of the votes by mail in Pennsylvania.

We have flipped Arizona and the 2nd Congressional District in Nebraska.

Of special significance to me is that we have won with a majority of the American people. And every indication is that majority will grow.

We have a popular vote lead of nearly 3 million votes.

And every indication is that will grow too.

Indeed, Senator Harris and I are on track to win more votes than any ticket in the history of this country has ever won for President and Vice President.

Over 70 million votes.

I am very proud of our campaign.

Only three Presidential campaigns in the past century have defeated incumbent Presidents. When it’s finished, God willing we will be the fourth.

That’s a major achievement.

This has been a long and difficult campaign. In a hard and difficult time for our country. But we have had hard campaigns before. We have faced hard times before.

So once this election is finalized and behind us it will be time for us to do what we have always done as Americans.

To put the harsh rhetoric of the campaign behind us. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To hear each other again. To respect and care for one another again.

To unite. To heal. To come together again as a nation.

I know this won’t be easy. I’m not naïve. Neither of us are. I know how deep and hard the opposing views are in our country on so many things.

But I also know this as well: To make progress we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy.

We are not enemies.

What brings us together as Americans is stronger than anything that can tear us apart.

So, let me be clear:

I campaigned as a Democrat, but I will govern as an American president.

The Presidency itself is not a partisan institution.

It is the one office in this nation that represents everyone.

It demands a duty of care. For all Americans.

And that is precisely what I will do.

I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as I will for those who did.

Now every vote must be counted. No one is going to take our democracy away from us. Not now. Not ever.

America has come too far. America has fought too many battles. America has endured too much to let that happen.

“We the People” will not be silenced. “We the People” will not be bullied. “We the People” will not surrender.

My friends, I’m confident that we will emerge victorious.

But this will not be my victory alone. It will be a victory for the people. For our democracy. For America.

There will be no red states and blue states if we win. Just the United States of America.

May God bless you and may God protect our troops.


Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
November 4, 2020


“As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be. President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law. We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else.”
- Bill Stepien, Trump 2020 campaign manager

ed. note: also lawsuits in Georgia and Pennsylvania

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
November 4, 2020


“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be. There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”

- Bill Stepien, Trump 2020 campaign manager

Good afternoon, ___ --

I have a couple of brief updates for you, and I’ll start with the most important, before asking for your help.

First: Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States.

While the counts are still continuing, our position remains the same as it was last night: we feel good about what we are seeing. We will win Wisconsin and Michigan. We feel confident about Pennsylvania. The Vice President has a historic national popular vote count -- more than any candidate in history -- and will flip at least three 2016 Trump states (four, if you count Nebraska-02).

Second: You may have missed it while you were sleeping (I hope you were sleeping), but President Trump delivered a statement last night at 2:30 AM, trying to shut down the counting of duly cast ballots. It was outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect.

It was outrageous because it is a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.

It was unprecedented because never before in our history has a president of the United States sought to strip Americans of their voice in a national election.

And it was incorrect because it will not happen. The counting will not stop. It will continue until every duly cast vote is counted. Because that is what our laws -- the laws that protect every American's constitutional right to vote -- require.

The President threatened to go to court to prevent the proper tabulation of votes. We are standing up the biggest and most comprehensive legal effort ever assembled. This work could stretch on for weeks, so I am coming to you to ask you to pitch $25 in to the newly-formed Biden Fight Fund.

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The Biden Fight Fund will fund election protection efforts for Joe Biden and Democrats up and down the ballot. If he makes good on this threat, our legal team is standing by. And they will prevail.

I want to repeat what the Vice President said last night: Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election. Joe Biden does not decide the outcome of this election. The American people decide the outcome of this election. And the democratic process must and will continue until its conclusion.

Nearly 100 million people cast their ballot before Election Day in the belief -- and with the assurances from their state election officials -- that their ballot would be counted. Now Donald Trump is trying to invalidate the ballot of every voter who relied on these assurances.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will stand for the right of all Americans to have their votes counted -- no matter who they voted for. And we remain confident that when that process is completed, Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. But as always, we can only do it with your help.

We will keep you updated throughout today.

Thanks for all you’re doing, and let’s bring this home.

Jen O'Malley Dillon
Campaign Manager

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